Can India's Light Compact Helicopter compete with best in the business???

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  1. mukul_2210

    mukul_2210 Regular Member

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    As of now lch looks like a good machine. But is it comparable to other attack helicopter like china's Z-10 , Russian KA-50 Or Apache??? And specifically when is it intended to be inducted??? . Can any one put some light on it .


    General characteristics

    * Crew: 2
    * Length: 15.8 m (51ft 8in)
    * Rotor diameter: 13.3 m (43 ft 6 in)
    * Height: 4.7 m (15 ft 4 in)
    * Disc area: 138.9 m² (1472 ft²)
    * Empty weight: 2550 kg (5621 lb)
    * Loaded weight: 4000 kg (8818 lb)
    * Useful load: 2950 kg (6503 lb)
    * Max takeoff weight: 5,700 kg (12125 lb)
    * Powerplant: 2× HAL/Turbomeca Shakti turboshaft, 1000 kW[15] (1400 shp[16]) each

    Performance

    * Never exceed speed: 330 km/h (178 knots, 207 mph)
    * Maximum speed: 275 km/h (148 knots, 171 mph)
    * Cruise speed: 260 km/h (140 knots, 161 mph)
    * Range: 700km (297 nm, 342 mi)
    * Service ceiling: 6500 m (21,300 ft)
    * Rate of climb: 12 m/s (2362 ft/min)
    * Disc loading: 39.59 kg/m² (8.23 lb/ft²)
    * Power/mass: 327 W/kg (0.198 hp/lb)

    Armament

    * Guns: M621 20 mm cannon on Nexter THL-20 turret
    * Rockets: Unguided rockets
    * Missiles: MBDA air-to-air missiles
    Air-to-surface missiles
    Anti-radiation missiles
    Helina ATGM(8)
    * Bombs: Iron bombs
    cluster bomb units
    grenade launcher
     
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  3. SATISH

    SATISH DFI Technocrat Stars and Ambassadors

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    Can you stop comparing a heavy weight chopper to a lightweight one? If you are comparing the LCH you can compare it with the Tiger and the Mangusta.
     
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    JBH22 Senior Member Senior Member

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    I think mod should put an end to these LCA vs JF-17 type of threads its a stupid d*ck measuring contest
     
  5. pankaj nema

    pankaj nema Senior Member Senior Member

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    Btw it is Light Combat helicopter NOT light "compact" helicopter

    All Combat helicopters have the same purpose to knock out enemy assets like tanks ,APC and if they carry AAM ; like LCH will carry; they can knock out enemy helicopters and drones too .

    A light copter is a first step .First let us gather enough experience with successful light copters

    A heavy copter requires a powerful engine India's weakness is aircraft engines

    Like LCA was delayed and eventually had to settle for GE 404 / 414 engines

    The Shakti engine for LCH is derived from French Turbomeca Engines under JV / TOT
     
  6. mukul_2210

    mukul_2210 Regular Member

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    oo comon ... i dint start that tread to ur wimps and fancies ... yu dont like it stay out of it
     
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  7. mukul_2210

    mukul_2210 Regular Member

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    yaa know but still i want to know more ... not very much aware of lch and other attack helicopters ... thought it has all diff purpose to serve on high altitude ...and you know when it is to be inducted...??
     
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  9. mukul_2210

    mukul_2210 Regular Member

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    seems to be quite useful info ... thanks
     

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